Breaking Bread and Fuelling Learning

Columbia Basin Trust Helps Boloster Student Life


A hub of activity on the Castlegar Campus, the ongoing transformation of the cafeteria space is well underway with more to come.

Sparked by input received in the annual Student Engagement Survey, learners relayed that they would like a vibe that felt more like a café, a comfortable space to come eat, gather and work on homework. With funding supplied by Columbia Basin Trust earmarked for enhancing student life, the internal Facilities Team designed the new space and have completed significant work over the last few months.

“We are grateful to the Trust for its investment in our students’ well-being during the first phase of cafeteria renovations,” says Donna Drover, Director of Facilities & Business Services. “The generous support not only helps us to transform physical spaces but create a positive atmosphere that enhances the college experience.”

Cafeteria Upgrades

Columbia Basin Trust Community Liaison Patrick Checknita (middle front) recently popped into the revamped Castlegar Campus cafeteria to check out the progress of the project. He was joined by (L-R): Campus Manager Heather Bishop, School of University Arts & Sciences student Luisa Glowalla, Director of Facilities & Business Services Donna Drover, Manager of Facilities Capital Projects Stephen Monahan, Ancillary Services Assistant Manager Jenny Chapman, School of Business student Prince Gill and Associate Project Manager Eric Ehman.

The space is now reconfigured featuring new furnishings and décor, with upgrades to lighting, power outlets and new birch panes currently being completed. Already receiving rave reviews from students and employees, there is more to come.

Working with a kitchen consultant, Ancillary Services Assistant Manager Jenny Chapman and the Food Service Worker Team have recently completed a pre-design of the servery space with work to begin on that phase in the summer.

Along with the cosmetic modifications, there are also changes to the culinary offerings with a four-month rolling menu. In response to increasing food costs, the college is committed to providing approachable prices that align with a student’s budget, while reflecting both value and variety.

Another change is a staple of post-secondary life… coffee. All Selkirk College campuses are now serving Oso Negro Coffee straight from the roastery on Nelson’s Latimer Street. It’s been a popular shift. There are also added easy-to-use latte machines at each location for those who would like to have something a little more special.